POCOLA â€” The Pocola Indians saw a heart-breaking end to their 2011 season last year. They lost three of their four final games â€” all three losses were in games in which they led â€” which kept them from making the Class 2A playoffs. They don't want that to happen tonight when they travel to meet Tulsa Regent Prep at 7:30 p.m. in Coweta.
Tuesday night could very well have been a prelude to what fans will see Sept. 13 at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex in the 2012 version of the LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Tournament.
When the Poteau Lady Pirates outlasted â€” literally â€” the Panama Lady Razorbacks 1-0 in a 14-inning, 3.5-hour contest, it gave the Lady Pirates the necessary edge to garner the top seed, which was determined at Wednesday night's seeding meeting at Western Sizzlin'.
Carl Albert State College Assistant Softball Coach Megan Young will give softball lessons at $25 per hour to girls up through age 18.
To schedule a session or for additional information, call (580) 704-4517.
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Friday Couple Scrambles will take place at 5:30 p.m. every Friday at Wolf Ridge Golf Course.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event. For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
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It was the fall of 1995. All anyone was talking about all week long was the upcoming Friday night Poteau Pirates' football game against the top-ranked and undefeated Ada Cougars, who featured a tight end who would later play in the National Football League â€” Jeremy Shockey. Also, Brandon Daniels was the Ada quarterback.
Both teams were 7-0, and it was dubbed as the No. 1 high school game in the state for that week.
There's something special about opening night. For the Panama Razorbacks, it will be doubly exciting.
First, they will begin the 2012 season at 7:30 p.m. tonight at George Ollie Stadium against the Gore Pirates. Secondly, since the game is tonight, unlike most of the state teams' openers being Friday night, it means that there should be quite a crowd tonight.
â€śEverybody is excited,â€ť said Brandon Ellis, Panama's second-year coach. â€śIt's the first game of the year, and it's on a Thursday night. We're expecting a full house. We're ready to go.â€ť
For Poteau Pirate senior lineman Troy Barnett, Friday night cannot get here fast enough. That's the season-opening game at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against the Durant Lions. However, on the other hand, he doesn't want his final Pirate football season to rush by, either.
â€śThere's parts of me that would wish it would slow down a little bit because it's my senior year,â€ť Barnett said. â€śOther than that, I'm having a hard time just getting ready for it because I'm so pumped up for it â€” ready for it to be here.â€ť
The Heavener High School cross country teams will begin their 2012 season today at the Early Tiger Meet in Tahlequah.
The Wolves return five members of last year's inaugural season of cross country â€” Jose Farias, Dakota McGee, Cesar Gonzales, Arturo Ortega and Octavio Sanchez. Farias was the lone Heavener runner who made last fall's Class 3A State Meet, where he placed 30th.
James Cinocca, Michael Bobo and Levi Chuculate round out the boys' roster.
BOKOSHE â€” The Cameron Lady Yellowjackets returned to the win column not once, but twice, as they swept a Green Valley Conference doubleheader from the Bokoshe Lady Tigers by scores of 15-8 and 11-3 Tuesday afternoon.
Talihina 2, Pocola 1; Pocola 3, Sallisaw 2; Sallisaw 9, Talihina 4: In Pocola, all three teams split their games in the three-way.
Wister 2, Spiro 1: In Spiro, the Lady Wildcats rebounded from Monday afternoon's heart-breaking loss to Panama. Wister scored twice in the first inning, and pitcher Bryanna Warren made the lead stand up as she struck out six batters in the win.
LEFLORE â€” The Howe Lions finally got win No. 2 for the fall 2012 season Tuesday night. The Lions rallied from an early deficit to down the Leflore Savages 13-5.
Down 3-0 after an inning, the Lions, thanks to a solo home run by Stephen Helmandollar leading things off, scored eight runs in the second inning to take an 8-3 lead.
Wister 15, Buffalo Valley 0: In Wister, senior pitcher Colby Turnipseed pitched his second perfect game in as many weeks for the Wildcats.
Turnipseed faced the minimum nine batters in the three-inning game, striking out six of them.
The Heavener Wolves will begin two new football eras when they open their 2012 season at 7 p.m. Friday against Union Christian Academy at Ramsey Junior High School in Fort Smith, Ark.
First, the Wolves will be a Class 3A team. Secondly, they will begin the Carl Lee era as he will coach his first regular-season game as the new coach.
With all that, plus the start of the season in general, the Wolves are ready for Friday night's opener.